Police searched the Internet for Byran Kohberger’s knives as part of their investigation into the University of Idaho killings, newly released court documents show.
They also requested his online shopping records, viewing history, shopping wish list, payment information, emails and all other online information “to locate any materials relating to the planning or commission” of the murders of four students last year relate.
Investigators wanted to use his Amazon history to see whether he had bought knives. Police know that the four students were stabbed, but they have not been able to find the murder weapon, a key piece of evidence in the case.
The Amazon arrest warrant was uploaded to Kohberger’s file this week. In addition to Kohberger’s Amazon history, the update included guarantees for Kohberger’s Apple, Paypal/Venmo, Spotify and YouTube searches.
Investigating police in Latah County, Idaho, asked the court to order Amazon to provide “detailed customer click activity related to knives and accessories” between March 20 and March 30, 2022, and November 1 to December 6 of the same year, the search warrant shows . It appears that the tech company complied with the subsequent court order in sharing the information.
Police previously confirmed that the four victims: Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Xana Kernodle, 20, and Ethan Chapin, 20, were attacked with a knife. Police allegedly found Kohberger’s DNA on a knife sheath. They now hope to find evidence that he bought a large knife that fits in the sheath.
In the Apple search warrant served on August 1, authorities requested detailed account information, including emails and attachments, instant messages and iCloud storage, the document viewed by Newsweek showed.
The information was subsequently forwarded to law enforcement on August 9, according to the filing.
The Paypal/Venmo document requested usernames, billing information and other data specifically for the period between June 22 and December 31, 2022. The most recent date was just a day before Kohberger was arrested at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania.
Kohberger was charged with four counts of first-degree murder. The suspect is originally from Pennsylvania and was a criminology student at Washington State University in Pullman at the time of the murders.